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Fire Safety Report

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires institutions that maintain on-campus student housing facilities to publish an annual fire safety report that contains information about campus fire safety practices and standards of the institution.

  1. 2016 FIRE STATISTICS FOR ON-CAMPUS STUDENT HOUSING FACILITIES

DATE

LOCATION

CAUSE

INJURIES*

DEATHS

 PROPERTY DAMAGE

1/26/16

Graduate Hills – 7704 Adelphi Road

Unintentional - Dryer fire overheated motor

0

0

$1000.00

4/11/16

Graduate Gardens – 4331 Rowalt Drive

Unintentional - Unattended water boiling on the stove to sterilize toddler cups

0

0

$12.50

9/10/16

Queen Anne’s Hall

Unintentional - Electronics malfunction in dryer

0

0

$1000.00

10/4/16

St. Mary’s Hall

Unintentional - Food in microwave oven

0

0

$110.00

*Injuries that resulted in treatment at a medical facility

 

  1. DESCRIPTION OF ON-CAMPUS STUDENT HOUSING FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS:

I. Each Department of Residential Facilities/Resident Life housing facility has the following :   

  1. Complete automatic sprinkler system

  2. Fire alarm system monitored by the UMD Department of Public Safety (UMDPS)

  3. Smoke alarm in each sleeping room, interconnected and in common areas in suites and           apartments

  4. Egress corridors and stairwells are fire rated

  5. Residents with disabilities are accommodated according to their needs

II. Each University-owned fraternity and sorority housing facility has the following:

  1. Complete automatic sprinkler system

  2. Fire alarm system monitored by the UMD Department of Public Safety

  3. Smoke alarm in each sleeping room

  4. Egress corridors and stairwells are fire rated

  5. Residents with disabilities are accommodated according to their needs

III. Each Public/Private Partnership (South Campus Commons and the Courtyards at UMD) facility has the following:

  1. Complete automatic sprinkler system

  2. Fire alarm system monitored by  commercial central station monitoring service

  3. Smoke alarm in each sleeping room, interconnected and in common areas

  4. Egress corridors and stairwells are fire rated

  5. Residents with disabilities are accommodated according to their needs

IV. Graduate Gardens and Graduate Hills apartment buildings managed by a private property management company have the following:

  1. Complete automatic sprinkler system 

  2. Fire alarm system monitored by an approved monitoring company

  3. Smoke alarms in each apartment

  4. Egress corridors and stairwells are fire rated

 

  1. NUMBER OF REGULAR MANDATORY SUPERVISED FIRE DRILLS:   Each on-campus undergraduate housing facility has a fire evacuation drill once a semester.  Additionally, each fraternity and sorority house associated with the university but located off-campus has one drill a semester.  The UMD Fire Marshal’s Office coordinates and evaluates these drills.  Buildings with yearlong occupancy have an additional drill in the summer.  A total of 205 drills were conducted during the 2016 calendar year.

 

  1. POLICIES ON PORTABLE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, SMOKING AND OPEN FLAMES:

On-campus undergraduate housing facilities have prohibitions against the following activities:

  1. Smoking inside and outside
  2. Using lighted candles or other open flame devices
  3. Cooking in unapproved areas (bedrooms) including use of toaster ovens and appliances with an open heating element.  Microwaves are allowed in some areas
  4. Use of space heaters (Except when issued by Residential Facilities or other housing management for emergency outages of heat)
  5. Misuse of extension cords
  6. Tampering with or blocking any fire protection equipment
  7. Possession, use or manufacture of explosive, flammable or harmful materials
  8. Use, charging, or storing of electronic skateboards including hover boards

 

  1. PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT HOUSING EVACUATION IN CASE OF A FIRE: 

When the building fire alarm is activated, residents are expected to:

  • Exit the building, closing the room door on the way out.
  • Use the stairs, not elevators.  Once in the stairwell, do not re-enter the building.   Use the fire exit door at the bottom of the stair that goes directly to the outside.
  • Once outside, go to the Assembly Area for the building and wait for instructions from housing staff. 
  • Housing staff will call 911 to report the fire.  If there is no housing staff available, a resident will call to report the fire.  University of Maryland Department of Public Safety (UMPDS) is the Emergency Communications Center for the University of Maryland.  UMDPS can be reached by calling 911 on a campus phone, using a blue light emergency phone, calling (301) 405-3333 on a mobile phone or #3333 on a mobile phone (Verizon Wireless, Sprint/Nextel, T-Mobile, and ATT networks).  The fire alarm systems are monitored by the Department of Public Safety.        

Residents who see fire or smoke are expected to pull the nearest building fire alarm and  evacuate the building as described above.   Residents with information about a fire or who are trapped will call UMDPS.  All fires, even those found extinguished, are to be reported.

Additional information is available on the following websites:

http://reslife.umd.edu/emergency/preparedness/

https://www.drf.umd.edu/fire

http://greek.umd.edu/resources/forms-documents/facilities-operations/

http://southcampuscommons.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/07/SCC-Resident-Handbook-2016-2017_Final.pdf

http://umdcourtyards.com/current-residents/safety-information/

 

  1. FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF:

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management provides training to housing staff including Resident Assistants, Community Assistants, and Greek House Directors.  The training includes information on fire protection features of facilities, fire prevention, emergency procedures, and conducting fire safety education sessions for residents.

Undergraduate residents are required to attend the first floor meeting where their Resident Assistant or Community Assistant reviews information on fire evacuation procedures and the housing prohibitions listed above.  Greek House Managers receive training on fire prevention and emergency procedures.  Greek House Directors and House Managers hold mandatory chapter meetings with Greek House residents to review fire safety information.

Residents in graduate apartments receive the pamphlet “Fire Safety and You” when they first move in and every year afterwards.  The pamphlet has information on fire prevention, building features, and emergency procedures.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is also involved in public education programs like the New Resident Orientation, First Look Fair, Off-Campus Housing Fairs, floor meetings, and Greek House Chapter Meetings.

For faculty and staff, the Fire Marshal’s Office provides training in a number of ongoing programs including New Employee Orientation, Teaching Assistant Training, Crowd Manager Training, Police Academy, Library Floor Marshal Training, and programs specifically requested. 

  1. PLANS FOR FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN FIRE SAFETY: 

UMD continually evaluates the fire protection systems in residential facilities.  A systematic process of annually planning and budgeting for fire protection system upgrades has been in place for over 30 years.  Such upgrades occur through system replacements or building renovations.  Current plans include:

  • Last year the University Courtyards and the South Campus Commons were equipped with SmartBurner cooking elements on every stove.
  • As the North Hill residence halls are renovated, they will also be equipped with new voice fire alarm systems.
  • Single station smoke alarms in student bedrooms, suites and apartments and replaced every 10 years.

 

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This report was compiled by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management in the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk within the Division of Administration and Finance.  The Fire Marshal’s Office may be reached by phone at (301) 405-3960, by email firemarshal@umd.edu, or in person at 4917 Pontiac Street, Suite 0103, College Park, MD  20742 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.